After a fantastic first look into the wizarding world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, now comes character descriptions and the movie’s overall plot thanks to Entertainment Weekly, as part of the magazine's extensive coverage of the movie.
If you're not familiar with the Harry Potter Universe, Fantastic Beasts is a prequel named for a textbook fans will know is part of the required reading at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, it being the definite work about the magical beasts populating the wizarding world. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written a version of said textbook on Magizoology for charity back in 2001.
The story follows the fictional author of the book, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), as he heads to America on his quest to study magical creatures. Of course, he’ll stumble onto some bigger stuff as he heads across the Pond along the way. Fun Fact: The character's name was even seen appearing briefly on the Marauder's Map in the big screen version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Following the massive success of the Harry Potter movie franchise that ended in 2011, Warner Bros. is no doubt hoping to cash in again by kicking off a new trilogy of films set not only decades before the adventures of The Boy Who Lived (the story takes place in the Roaring Twenties, one of my favorite historical eras), but on another continent. Here's the plot:
Eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander (Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne) comes to New York (for a reason we won’t disclose) with his trusty weathered case. This case is one of those way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside magical devices, and within are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt’s travels around globe. He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles (who are called “No-Maj” in the States, more on that here) and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the UK (remember the Salem witch trials?). Fantastic Beasts is the story of what happens when this uniquely skilled English wizard travels to wiz-phobic America and a variety of his creatures, some quite dangerous … get out of their case.
I absolutely love how Doctor Who-like Newt’s “way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside” case will be. There’s even more info about that particular case below, so check out the cool character descriptions released by EW.
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander
An eccentric globe-hopping English “magizoologist” wizard who’s far more comfortable around beasts and creatures than he is around other people. Comes to New York on a quest with his case full of magical habitats containing rare and endangered species.
Katherine Waterston as Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein
An ambitious worker at the Magical Congress of the United States of America (aka MACUSA, the U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic) who meets Newt. Tina is relegated to an office well below her abilities after she stood up for the wrong person. She longs to fight for what's right.
Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein
Tina's younger sister and roommate, a big-hearted free-spirit "legilimens" who can read minds.
Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski
An optimistic No-Maj (aka Muggle) factory worker/aspiring baker who gets introduced to the wizarding world when he meets Newt. Fun fact: He's the Harry Potter franchise's first Muggle main character.
Colin Farrell as Graves
A powerful auror and the right-hand man of the American wizarding world's president.
Samantha Morton as Mary Lou
The narrow-minded leader of the fanatical Second Salemers, a group looking to expose and destroy wizards and witches.
Ezra Miller as Credence
Perhaps the cast's most mysterious character. He's Mary Lou's troubled adopted son.
What do you guys make of the plot details and character descriptions? Are you excited to see that the movie will also feature a Muggle (excuse me, a No-Maj) as one of the main characters?
Directed by David Yates, with a script written by J.K. Rowling herself, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will arrive in movie theaters on Nov. 18, 2016.